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Crime One year after Breonna Taylor's death, her mother still wants 'real justice'

02:52  12 march  2021
02:52  12 march  2021 Source:   news.yahoo.com

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Her mother , Tamika Palmer, spoke to NBC’ s Blayne Alexander about the painful anniversary. “I don’t even know the difference between the days anymore,” she says. It’ s been almost a year since 26- year -old Breonna Taylor was shot to death in her own apartment as Louisville officers executed a no-knock warrant. Her mother , Tamika Palmer, spoke to NBC’ s Blayne Alexander about the painful anniversary.

Her mother , Tamika Palmer, spoke to NBC’ s Blayne Alexander about the painful anniversary. It’ s been almost a year since 26- year -old Breonna Taylor was shot to death in her own apartment as Louisville officers executed a no-knock warrant. Her mother , Tamika Palmer, spoke to NBC’ s Blayne Alexander about the painful anniversary. “I don’t even know the difference between the days anymore,” she says.

Before a March 13, 2020, police raid of her Louisville, Ky., apartment woke her from her sleep and claimed her life, Breonna Taylor was planning for her future.

“She wanted to be a NICU nurse,” Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, told Yahoo News. “But she was already working in two hospitals [as an ER technician], and she loved doing that. She was prepared that year to get back into school, and she wanted to get a house and just work on having a family.”

A nurturer at heart, her mother said, Taylor was always helpful to others, even as a kid. “She was just a mama bear,” Palmer said.

Now, after a year in which Taylor’s case helped propel a global movement against police brutality, moving thousands to demonstrate in the streets of Louisville and beyond, Palmer says her daughter’s absence still seems surreal. “I can’t get used to Breonna not being here,” Palmer said.

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Her mother , Tamika Palmer, spoke to NBC’ s Blayne Alexander about the painful anniversary. “I don’t even know the difference between the days anymore,” she says. It’ s been almost a year since 26- year -old Breonna Taylor was shot to death in her own apartment as Louisville officers executed a no-knock warrant. Her mother , Tamika Palmer, spoke to NBC’ s Blayne Alexander about the painful anniversary.

Her mother , Tamika Palmer, spoke to NBC’ s Blayne Alexander about the painful anniversary. It’ s been almost a year since 26- year -old Breonna Taylor was shot to death in her own apartment as Louisville officers executed a no-knock warrant. Her mother , Tamika Palmer, spoke to NBC’ s Blayne Alexander about the painful anniversary. “I don’t even know the difference between the days anymore,” she says.

Elorm Senoo in a car: Breonna Taylor. (Family handout) © Provided by Yahoo! News Breonna Taylor. (Family handout)

Taylor, 26, was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police officers executing a search warrant at Taylor’s apartment. Police shot Taylor after her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, who was with her at the time, fired a warning shot at who he believed were intruders, injuring an officer in the leg, according to police and Walker’s interview with investigators after the incident.

None of the officers directly involved in the late night shooting were criminally charged in Taylor’s death. The decision drew outrage when it was announced last September by state Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who faced intense scrutiny for his role in the investigation. The announcement also sparked more demonstrations in Louisville and other U.S. cities.

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Her mother , Tamika Palmer, spoke to NBC’ s Blayne Alexander about the painful anniversary. It’ s been almost a year since 26- year -old Breonna Taylor was shot to death in her own apartment as Louisville officers executed a no-knock warrant. Her mother , Tamika Palmer, spoke to NBC’ s Blayne Alexander about the painful anniversary. “I don’t even know the difference between the days anymore,” she says.

Her mother , Tamika Palmer, spoke to NBC’ s Blayne Alexander about the painful anniversary. It’ s been almost a year since 26- year -old Breonna Taylor was shot to death in her own apartment as Louisville officers executed a no-knock warrant. Her mother , Tamika Palmer, spoke to NBC’ s Blayne Alexander about the painful anniversary. “I don’t even know the difference between the days anymore,” she says.

Cameron, a Republican and Kentucky’s first Black elected attorney general, was accused of misrepresenting the findings of the grand jury convened to decide if charges should be brought against the officers who fired into Taylor’s apartment: Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detectives Myles Cosgrove and Brett Hankison.

Cameron said Mattingly and Cosgrove were justified in the shooting because they fired in self-defense after Walker fired first. He indicated that the jury declined to pursue homicide charges against the officers, deciding to only indict Hankison on three counts of wanton endangerment. (The department terminated Hankison and is moving to fire Cosgrove.)

But two members of the jury came forward anonymously, telling reporters in October that the jury was never given the opportunity to deliberate on charges other than the ones against Hankison. They also said the proceedings seemed to be steered toward a specific result.

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Almost a year after Breonna Taylor was fatally shot in her apartment by Louisville police officers, people across the country continue to honor her life. NBC News’ Blayne Alexander speaks with Taylor ’ s mom, Tamika Palmer, about what that support means to her and her ongoing fight for justice .

Almost a year after Breonna Taylor was fatally shot in her apartment by Louisville police officers, people across the country continue to honor her life. NBC News’ Blayne Alexander speaks with Taylor ’ s mom, Tamika Palmer, about what that support means to her and her ongoing fight for justice .

Cameron stood by his handling of the case, and Palmer sought a new special prosecutor to present the evidence to another grand jury. In December, the Kentucky Prosecutors Advisory Council, which had the authority to appoint a new prosecutor, voted to decline Palmer’s request.

Palmer told Yahoo News that she will still push for a new special prosecutor in Taylor’s case. “She was not given a fair chance,” Palmer said.

In Louisville, many residents have continued to call for police accountability. LeAndrea McCampbell, 32, who protested for more than 100 days last year for Taylor, told Yahoo News that she’s still demonstrating and says many people she knows in the community still don’t trust law enforcement.

“We haven’t healed,” McCampbell said. “We have a mother who is still grieving her daughter, who hasn’t received the justice that she deserves. No one has apologized. It’s still all [about] placing blame, because [Taylor] was associated with someone from her past.”

Elorm Senoo posing for the camera: Breonna Taylor. (Family handout) © Provided by Yahoo! News Breonna Taylor. (Family handout)

The 2020 police raid was reportedly targeting Jamarcus Glover, a former boyfriend of Taylor’s, in connection with a narcotics investigation. Another police officer involved in planning the raid, Det. Joshua Jaynes, obtained the warrant to search Taylor’s home based on speculation that Glover was receiving packages there. But an investigative report released by police in October revealed that Jaynes did not confirm this with the postal service and indicates that the information he used to secure the warrant was misleading. LMPD said in December that it planned to terminate Jaynes, NBC News reported. A search of Taylor’s apartment after the raid found no drugs.

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The FBI is still investigating Taylor’s death and has been in contact with Palmer, Lonita Baker, Palmer’s attorney, told Yahoo News. But little is known about the status of the investigation. The FBI's Louisville office did not respond to a request for comment from Yahoo News for this story.

“There’s still the avenue for a prosecutor here to present charges to a grand jury on behalf of Breonna. That has not been done,” Baker said.

Until that happens, Palmer said, she won’t stop advocating for her daughter. She still wants “real justice.”

“We’re tired,” Palmer said, speaking for herself and Taylor’s supporters. “But what else do you do now besides fight back?”

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One year later, the fight continues for justice for Breonna Taylor .
A year after Breonna Taylor was killed, no cops have been charged, and people in Louisville and beyond are continuing to #sayhername in their quest for justice.Downtown Louisville, which quickly became the months-long site for racial injustice protests last summer, was transformed into a memorial site for Taylor on Saturday. By noon, hundreds of people had showed up to the area, placing photos, protest signs, flowers and candles in a carefully laid out circle in the middle of Jefferson Square Park.

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